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  • 25 Jul 2014 6:05 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Opinion: Hopi and Navajo Masks Auction Precedent in France Is Too Dangerous   

    The Holocaust Art Restitution Project (“HARP”), based in Washington, DC,¹ chaired by Ori Z. Soltes, recently denounced a “shameful” and “tragic” decision by the French “Conseil des Ventes” (Auction Houses Supervisory Board, hereinafter “Board”), an administrative agency in charge of regulating and supervising auction sales on the French market, which refused to suspend an auction sale of sacred masks owned by the Hopi and Navajo tribes.² The Board held that the Hopi tribe, in fact any indigenous peoples, have no legal capacity or standing to pursue any cultural claim in France, setting the stage for the Paris market to become a safe haven for any indigenous cultural property.

    On June 22, 2014, HARP initiated a judicial proceeding in France by requesting from the Board an administrative suspension of an auction sale scheduled for Friday, June 27, 2014, which involved sacred objects of both the Hopi and the Navajo tribes. Following a special hearing held in Paris on June 25, 2014, the Board, an arm of the French Government, held that the Hopi tribe, in fact any Native American tribe, has no legal existence under French law, and therefore lacks the capacity or standing to pursue any cultural claim in France.³

    http://news.artnet.com/art-world/opinion-hopi-and-navajo-masks-auction-precedent-in-france-is-too-dangerous-66975

  • 25 Jul 2014 6:02 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Egypt’s heritage crisis

    The looting of Egypt’s cultural heritage is reaching epidemic proportions with even some major sites now not left untouched, writes David Tresilian from Paris

    The breakdown in security that followed the collapse of the Iraqi regime in March 2003 led to the widespread looting of archaeological sites up and down the country, together with the looting of the National Museum and Archives in the capital Baghdad. The ongoing conflict in Syria has seen a similar collapse of security in many parts of the country, with predictable effects on the country’s heritage.

    Now it seems that Egypt too may be suffering from the effects of the breakdown in security that has taken place over the past three years and since the 25 January Revolution. While no one is suggesting that this breakdown has led to the kind of losses seen in other Arab countries, where heritage sites and institutions have in some cases been badly damaged or even partially destroyed, the situation of even archaeological sites close to Cairo is becoming more and more worrying.
     

     

     

  • 25 Jul 2014 6:00 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Macedonia Jails its Top Archaeologist

    A court in Skopje has jailed the former chief excavator, Pasko Kuzman, for three years for his role in the organized smuggling of archaeological valuables from the country.

    Sinisa Jakov Marusic
    BIRN

    Skopje

    Pasko Kuzman

    After a year-long trial in a case codenamed “Phalanx”, the former head of Macedonia’s Cultural Heritage Protection Office has been found guilty of aiding a criminal ring to excavate and sell off valuable archaeological artifacts.

    The prosecution said he and other office employees in 2011 gave permission to third parties to dig in locations near the town of Delcevo and along the road from Skopje to Veles

    http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/macedonia-jails-top-archaeologist

     

  • 23 Jul 2014 2:50 PM | Anonymous


    http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Leading-museum-directors-and-celebrities-call-on-Italian-government-to-ban-giant-ships-from-Venice/33324
  • 23 Jul 2014 1:27 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    PREVENTING LOOTING OF ARTIFACTS

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    • GAZIANTEP –Turkey, a victim of widespread looting and smuggling of its historical artifacts, should initiate an awareness program to preserve its heritage, according to an expert.


    Creating cultural awareness in primary education is essential to preventing the smuggling of historical artifacts out of Turkey, according to an art history expert. Art historian Emine Özturk, the assistant director of the Zeugma Mosaic Museum recently said, "In this geography that has such a rich cultural heritage, the most important thing is to create cultural awareness.

    http://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2014/07/23/preventing-looting-of-artifacts

  • 23 Jul 2014 1:27 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    PREVENTING LOOTING OF ARTIFACTS

    • AA
    • GAZIANTEP –Turkey, a victim of widespread looting and smuggling of its historical artifacts, should initiate an awareness program to preserve its heritage, according to an expert.


    Creating cultural awareness in primary education is essential to preventing the smuggling of historical artifacts out of Turkey, according to an art history expert. Art historian Emine Özturk, the assistant director of the Zeugma Mosaic Museum recently said, "In this geography that has such a rich cultural heritage, the most important thing is to create cultural awareness.

    http://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2014/07/23/preventing-looting-of-artifacts

  • 23 Jul 2014 1:23 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)
    Stolen 18th dynasty relief returns from Germany
    Nevine El-Aref, Wednesday 23 Jul 2014
    A painted limestone relief that was stolen and illegally smuggled to Germany during the last century arrives back in Egypt
    Egypt on Wednesday received from Germany a painted limestone relief that was stolen in the last century from the tomb of 18th dynasty high priest Sobekhotep in the Nobles necropolis on Luxor’s west bank.

    Minister of Antiquities and Heritage Mamdouh El-Damati told Ahram Online that the recovery of the relief started a few months ago when he was Egypt’s cultural attaché in Germany and curators at Bonn University Museum were working hard to organise a temporary exhibition there.

    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/106876/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Stolen-th-dynasty-relief-returns-from-Germany.aspx

     

  • 23 Jul 2014 10:08 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Norton Simon Museum seeks rehearing after 'Adam and Eve' setback

     
    Norton Simon Museum wants review of an adverse ruling in its bid to hang on to 'Adam' and 'Eve' paintings

    A bite of the apple is said to have gotten Adam and Eve thrown out of the Garden of Eden.

    Now the Norton Simon Museum wants another bite at the apple as it tries to have a legal threat to one of its most prized artworks thrown out of court. At stake are Lucas Cranach the Elder’s 1530 paired paintings “Adam” and “Eve,” which have hung in the Pasadena museum since the 1970s.

    The museum has asked for a rehearing of a June decision that went against it in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, when two members of a three-judge panel revived Marei Von Saher’s claim to “Adam” and “Eve” after it had been dismissed two years earlier in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-nazi-looted-art-norton-simon-museum-adam-eve-20140721-story.html#page=1

  • 22 Jul 2014 2:39 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    Experts Decry British Complacency with Syrian Destruction

    Alexander Forbes, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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    Over 100 British experts, lords, and members of Parliament have signed a letter decrying the United Kingdom’s failure to sign the Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. The letter was written by Nicholas Trench, the Earl of Clancarty, and published in Monday’s edition of the Telegraph and on their website.

    As the letter points out, the UK is the most significant international power that has not yet signed the Hague Convention. The US signed the accord in 2009. It was initially formulated in 1954 in response to the vast destruction of and damage to sites of national and international cultural importance during the Second World War. Those losses, Trench points out, included: “Paintings by Van Gogh and Caravaggio; the St Petersburg amber room; and architecture such as St Mary’s Church, Lübeck, and the Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino.”

    http://news.artnet.com/art-world/experts-decry-british-complacency-with-syrian-destruction-64799

  • 22 Jul 2014 11:19 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

    ICE, Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration pledge to work together to protect cultural property

    WASHINGTON – Officials representing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Republic of Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a framework for the exchange of information and cooperation regarding the protection, recovery and restitution of cultural property.

    A ceremony was held at ICE headquarters in Washington to commemorate the MOU signing, the first of its kind between a U.S. agency and an agency from the Republic of Korea. The MOU was signed by ICE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas S. Winkowski and CHA Administrator Sun-hwa Rha.

    http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSICE/bulletins/c5ab57

     

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